Best Retro DAB Radios (UK 2017)

Many digital radios combine modern features such as DAB+ radio and Bluetooth with classic 1950’s and 1960’s designs.

Here’s a roundup of what we consider to be 5 of the best retro DAB radios available in the UK in 2017.

Top 5 Retro DAB Radios

NamePortableBluetoothAlarm clockPrice
KitSound JiveYesNoYes £90.30
Goodmans OxfordYesNoNo £49.99
Goodmans GSR1889DABBTWNoYesYes £69.99
Roberts Revival RD60YesNoNo £162.99
VQ Retro MiniYesYesYes £59.99

 

KitSound Jive 1950s Style Retro Portable DAB Radio

The KitSound Jive 1950s has a nice mid-century design and is available in a choice of colours. It would look great in a retro kitchen, but what can it do and how does it perform? Read on for the Jive’s features, pros and cons.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Alarm clock
  • Sleep timer
  • Line-in port
  • Portable with 5 C-sized batteries

Dimensions: 27 cm wide x 15.5 cm high x 11 cm deep
Weight:
1.25 kg

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Strong FM and DAB reception
  • Good sound quality for the price

Cons

  • No headphone socket
  • EQ can’t be adjusted
  • Takes lots of batteries (5)

Verdict

The KitSound Jive offers excellent value for money. It has a beautiful 1950’s-style design and sounds very good for the price. However, it doesn’t have a headphone jack and requires an inconvenient number of batteries when used as a portable radio. Read our full review of the KitSound Jive here.

Buy online: £90.30 on Amazon.co.uk

 

Goodmans Oxford 1960’s Vintage Style Radio

The Goodmans Oxford is a good-looking 1960’s-style retro radio that comes in a choice of colours. It’s a portable radio with a stylish carrying handle, but it can also be plugged into the mains.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Headphone socket
  • Aux-in port
  • Saves 3 preset stations on FM and 3 on DAB
  • Mains or battery powered with 6 C-sized batteries

Dimensions: 26 cm wide x 16.6 cm high x 7.4 cm deep
Weight:
1 kg

Pros

  • Light and easy to carry
  • Straightforward and easy to use
  • Crisp, clear sound

Cons

  • Not very loud
  • Sounds a bit tinny
  • No batteries included

Verdict

The Goodmans Oxford is exceptionally easy to use even if you’ve never owned a DAB radio before. While it looks great, the sound quality isn’t very impressive, though it sounds good enough if you’re mainly buying the radio for its design. Read our full review of the Goodmans Oxford vintage radio here.

Buy online:  £49.99 on Amazon.co.uk

 

Goodmans GSR1889DABBTW Heritage Retro Radio

The GSR1889DABBTW Heritage Retro Radio is a 1950’s-style FM/DAB radio that can be bought in blue, white, green or brown. Unlike several of the other radios reviewed here, the GSR1889DABBTW is mains-only and can’t be powered by batteries.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Stereo sound
  • Headphone socket
  • Aux-in port
  • Alarm clock
  • Sleep timer

Dimensions: 32 cm wide x 17 cm high x 15 cm deep
Weight:
499 g

Pros

  • Feels durable and well made
  • Quick and easy to create a Bluetooth connection
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Mains-only
  • No remote control

Verdict

The GSR1889DABBTW is an attractive retro DAB radio that would look great in the kitchen. One of the best things about this radio is that it has Bluetooth, so you can stream music or podcasts from your phone through its decent-sounding speakers.

It’s a shame this radio doesn’t come with a remote control, but overall it’s still a good choice. Read our full review of the Goodmans GSR1889DABBTW here.

Buy online: £69.99 on Amazon.co.uk

 

Roberts Revival RD60 Digital Radio

The Roberts Revival RD60 has the same design as Roberts’ classic 1950’s radios, but with the addition of modern DAB/DAB+ radio technology. Roberts have clearly prioritised design with this radio, which you can buy in a choice of over 10 colours.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Stereo line-in socket
  • Headphone jack
  • Mains or battery-powered (takes 4 D-sized batteries)

Dimensions: 25 cm wide x 15.5 cm high x 10 cm deep
Weight:
1.49 kg without batteries

Pros

  • Old-fashioned style controls
  • Easy to use
  • Long battery life (up to 120 hours)

Cons

  • EQ can’t be adjusted
  • No Bluetooth, which you might expect at this price point
  • Relatively expensive
  • No alarm

Verdict

You pay a premium for the Roberts brand name, and this radio’s sound quality and features could be improved. However, this is a really classic-looking radio that will turn heads. Read our full review of the Roberts Revival RD60 here.

Buy online: £162.99 on Amazon.co.uk

 

VQ Retro Mini Digital Radio

The VQ Retro Mini is an affordable retro DAB radio that offers an impressive list of features for the price. It has a nice upright design and comes in a large choice of colours as well as patterned designs.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Alarm clock
  • Headphone socket
  • Aux-in port
  • USB port for charging a phone
  • Mains or battery-powered with 4 AA batteries

Dimensions: 14.7 cm wide x 10.5 cm deep x 22.4 cm high
Weight:
948 g

Pros

  • Takes AA batteries, which are cheaper and more convenient than other batteries
  • Feels durable and solid
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Can sound a bit muffled
  • Doesn’t remember EQ settings
  • Display is quite bright at night

Verdict

The VQ Retro Mini is an excellent budget choice if you want a retro FM/DAB/DAB+ radio with Bluetooth. The build and sound quality could be improved, but for the price the Retro Mini offers great value. Read our full review of the VQ Retro Mini here.

Buy online: £59.99 on Amazon.co.uk

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